Weekend getaways from Georgia

April 18, 2011

i live in dalton, ga. Looking for a short getaway. Leaving 4/23 and returning 4/24. Looking for something fun to do. Enjoy hiking, shopping, touristy things..

April 19, 2011

Shaoli's answer about things to do in Nashville and United States

Hi there, a short weekend getaway is a great way to unwind yourself! smiley

Most of the destinations are about 2-3 hours drive from Dalton so it won't be tiring and you can save a lot of energy for hiking, trekking or other outdoor activities!

 Welcome to Tennessee (Source: Mike Burton) 


A drive through the state of Tennessee will present you with some breathtaking views of the Appalachian Mountains and many interesting historic spots. There are wineries and bakeries which are a difficult to resist. Since the drive is not too long from Dalton you have every reason to enjoy each bit of it. 

Here is a link with some information on traffic status and highway routes which might be helpful while you are on the go!

Things to See

I have first listed the places of interest especially the ones with an option of hiking, adventurous trips and looking around. In the later part I have added some tips and information about shopping.

The Great Smoky Mountains

The Great Smoky Mountains (Source: Ashish Kaul) 

The Great Smoky Mountains are a must see for any tourist to Tennessee. 

Here's more on the Mountains

The "smoke" in the Great Smoky Mountains comes from the mystical blue mist (from water vapors) shrouding its peaks. Most visitors will view the park from their cars, hence the park's status as the most visited in the nation, but a more intimate approach would be to hike any of the 800 miles of trails to discover log cabins, waterfalls and elk.

Fishing, camping, bird watching (more than 240 species of bird), biking, wildlife viewing (1,600 bears call the park home) and camping are also popular pastimes.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Vacations (Source: TripAdvisor) 

Get a detailed information on the things you can do and various levels of hiking (from easy to strenuous) here and here.

The Great Smoky Mountains - 1

Great Smoky Mountains (Source: Fang Guo) 

Tip: Ensure that you go through the precautions and safety measures carefully before you decide to go hiking here as the bears in the Park are known to be unpredictable. 

The entry to the National Park is free, however you might want to book a place to stay nearby: 

Le Conte Lodge, accessible only by foot, sits atop 6,593 Mount Le Conte, the park's third highest peak. The lodge is generally open from mid-March through mid-November. Advance reservations are required to stay at the lodge. Reservations can be made in several ways:
Phone (865) 429-5704
FAX (865) 774-0045 or (865) 429-5705
E-mail at reservations@lecontelodge.com

Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Source: (U.S. National Park Service)) 

2. Gatlinburg (Recommended)

Right outside the Park, is the small town of Gatlinburg which is easily accessible on foot.  

A tourist says:

Getting to Gatlinburg can be beautiful. You can see breathtaking views of the Smokey Mountains as you meander through the parkway, slowly taking in the wonder of an environment that's been around for millions of years.

Gatlinburg City of - Gatlinburg, TN (Source: Gatlinburg City of - Gatlinburg, TN)

The major attractions is the Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum. Click on the link to get information on admission & hours of operation. 

Get more information on things to do and shopping in Gatlinburg.

3. Pigeon Forge (Recommended)

Pigeon Forge is also quite near to the National Park and has many interesting places to see. It is highly famous for it's theme park - Dollywood and thrill rides.

Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee (Source: Madison B) 

More on VirtualTourist:

Pigeon Forge the Gateway to the Smokies hosts both the lights and sounds of the Parkway with it's shows - attractions and shopping or only minutes away the serenity of the Great Smoky Mountains. No matter what your looking to do you will find it in and around Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

PIGEON FORGE (Source: VirtualTourist.com) 

Pigeon Forge - 1

 Dollywood Express, Pigeon Forge, TN (Source: Mike Burton) 

Find more information on things to do and shopping at Pigeon Forge. 

This place has a plenty of great shopping deals throughout the year. Make sure that you get a special gift or a souvenir from Pigeon Forge. 

Nashville, less than two hours drive from Dalton, is also known as the Music City. If you strike a chord with music, then this is an essential for you.


Old Hickory Bridge - Nashville (Source: Brent Moore) 

You can enjoy loads of country music at the premium concerts or even at any of the clubs or local establishments. Other places of interest here include

1. Tennessee State Museum - Information about Tennessee's history can be obtained here. If you read the reviews here, you are bound to visit.

2. Grand Ole Opry - This is a country music stage concert and if you want to tour the Opry House, here's more on that. Here's their schedule too.

3. Adventure Science Center - Here's the schedule and the tickets.

A tourist says:

The people are friendly, the restaurants are great, and the culture is very entertaining in any part of the city. As an avid country music lover, I would love to move there because you are surrounded with the country music scene. You can't visit Nashville without seeing a show at the Grand Ole Opry. I watched a performance, and loved every minute of it. Downtown Nashville is full of restaurants, shops, bars and attractions.

Nashville City Reviews (Source: Nashville City Reviews) 

Find more information things to do in Nashville here. Check here for the best shopping to do in Nashville.

5. Chattanooga (Recommended)

Chattanooga is less than an hour drive from Dalton and is worth a visit.


Chattanooga Riverfront (Source: Adam Crownoble) 

Chattanooga offers great and affordable vacation options to people. It has multiple places of interest and it is difficult to pick some and leave the rest! See what a traveler has to say:

We went for a quick sightseeing weekend but got so much more. We had a limited budget but were surprised how much we did! We saw three of the major attractions and ate at three of the four restaurants we had chosen

Latest Reviews of Chattanooga (Source: Latest Reviews of Chattanooga) 

Some of the important sights are:

1. National Military Park - This Park preserves the sites of two major battles of the American Civil War: the Battle of Chickamauga and the Chattanooga Campaign. You can read more here

2. Coolidge Park - This is a delightful downtown park with a restored 100 year carousel and other attractions. Check more here.

3. Tennessee Aquarium - Open from 10 am - 6 pm, the aquarium is truly fun. Here's a link for the tickets.

Chattanooga - 1

Bali Myna - Only a few of these in the world! (Source: Brent Moore) 

Rock City, Lookout Mountain, Ruby Falls and Chattanooga Zoo are other interesting places which you might want to take a sneak peek.

For further detailed information click here.


Shopping around the places here will be a great experience. From some of the best wines and chocolates to antiques and souvenirs, all will grab your attention. 

Get an overview of Nashville shopping at Frommer's.

Find unique stores information at Gatlinburg.

Find antique shops, gift shops and winery information in Chattanooga

For the detailed information on shopping and some upcoming events (on the days you will be traveling) in and around the Great Smoky Mountains and Pigeon Forge click here.

1. Bellevue Center (Recommended)

Bellevue Center

Downtown Bellevue (Source: Michael Ragsdale) 

Nashville's family oriented shopping venue with the largest soft play area. The property is anchored by Dillard's, Hecht's and Sears and offers a solid retail mix including Old Navy, American Eagle, Express, Nine West and much more according to these guys.

2. Ghirardelli Chocolate (Recommended)

Ghirardelli Chocolate

Ghirardelli (Source: Steve Snodgrass) 

Ghirardelli Chocolate was founded 150 years ago and is known around the world as a premier Chocolatier. You can find a Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop just down the street in Opry Mills Mall.

3. Hamilton Place Mall

Tennessee's largest shopping complex welcomes you with all of the services, restaurants, and fine shopping you'd want all in one location! Check here for store listings. 

4. Innovative Miniatures

A great collection of hard-to-find miniatures and terrific supplies for crafting miniatures. So if you want to buy supplies for your doll house, this is where you head out to. Check here for more.

As they said, "Follow me to Tennessee"... seems to be true with a whole lot of places to explore you would wish to go back and complete the itinerary! 

Hope that this information will help you figure out an enjoyable and a great weekend trip!

If you would like more information accommodation, offbeat places of interest or even restaurants, just go ahead and ask! smiley



Answered by An organized and optimistic person and a travel enthusiast. Believe in the theory - Get lighter in body,mind,soul & wallet when travelling! Shaoli Bose Kapoor

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